Assess Health Risk: Determine Percent Body Fat or BMI

The first step in assessing your patient's health risk is to determine his/her percent body fat.

Do not use self-reported measurements for percent body fat. 

Only use percent body fat if you have the tools to accurately assess body fat: a bioelectrical impedance machine, skinfold calipers, or a non-stretchable girth measurements tape measure. 

If measurement of percent body fat is not possible, body mass index (BMI) should be used. For BMI calculations, measured, not self-reported, height and weight will be needed.

For additional information, click on Determine Percent Body Fat or BMI.

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